Saturday, 18 November 2017
Politics | ČTK

The Czech Pirates have sent a letter to the deputies' groups of all parties in parliament, presenting their proposal for a proportional division of the posts of heads of lower house committees among all parties except for ANO, which is forming a minority government, they told media on Tuesday.

National | ČTK

U.S. students' interest in staying in the Czech Republic rose by nearly one third from 2014 to 2016, according to the Open Doors statistics of U.S. student exchange, and the number of Czechs studying at U.S. universities also increased, Jakub Tesar from the Fulbright Commission said on Tuesday.

Politics | ČTK

Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD), a new Czech anti-EU and anti-Islam movement that entered parliament in the recent elections, is losing members in the Moravia-Silesia Region due to the regional branch's leader, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote on Tuesday.

National | ČTK

The removal of oil lagoons left behind a former chemical plant in the Ostrava city started after some time again and the AVE CZ firm responsible for it took over the area from the Czech state-run company Diamo, Diamo spokeswoman Jana Dronska told CTK on Tuesday.

National | ČTK

Zdena and Josef Masins, offspring of a freedom fighter executed by the Nazis, are owners of the Masin family farm in Central Bohemia, since their father gave its ownership up under pressure, the Seznam Zpravy server has reported, citing a court decision.

National | ČTK

A research team from the Czech-based HiLASE laser centre has discovered a way of using laser to create regular structures on metal surface quickly and accurately, a method that can be effective in areas such as the aircraft industry, the experts have announced in a press release. The team from HiLASE, a centre in Dolní Břežany near Prague, cooperated on the research with their Italian counterparts.

National | Aljazeera.com

Though no exact figures exist, the Muslim community in the Czech Republic is small, between 5,000 and 20,000, or less than 0.02 percent of the total population. Just a portion lives in Prague. Yet Islam has become a hot-button topic in Czech national politics, where the power to resolve the country's hung parliament could lie with a politician whose only policy is, "No to Islam. No to terrorism".

Politics | ČTK

Senator Václav Láska (elected for the Greens) has founded a new movement to help independent candidates for senators sharing the values of liberal democracy, he said on Monday, adding that his step also aims to stem some politicians' effort to abolish the upper house of parliament.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague taxi drivers will hold another protest against smartphone-based ride services such as Uber. Drivers are to meet at Strahov at 5 am on Nov. 15. The details of the protest have not been disclosed, but in the past, they have included blocking or slowing traffic.

National | Radio Prague

Police are investigating an incident of hate speech on social networks and in the media after a class photo of first-graders in a school in Teplice, which appeared in a regional daily, sparked threats and racist comments.

Prague | Prague TV

The Christmas holidays are still far away and advent begins late this year, on Dec. 3. The first decorations are already turning up on street lights, on trees, and at shopping centers.

National | ČTK

The Czech Bishops' Conference (CBK) considers church restitution a closed affair and it will not join the current debate on a possible taxation of the sum the Catholics and other churches are to get in compensation for unreturned property, it wrote to CTK on Tuesday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The Czech Republic is pushing for an increase in both the funds and staff that deal with strategic communication on the EU level with the aim to stem fake and misleading information coming mainly from the East, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek told reporters in Brussels on Monday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

Turkey will never become a member of the EU because of its different religion, Ayse Kulin, a Turkish writer whose novels depict social and political problems of contemporary Turkey, has told CTK in Prague where she is attending the Festival of Writers.

National | ČTK

ANO leader and probable new prime minister Andrej Babis wants church-related affairs to be transferred from the Culture Ministry to the Finance Ministry, and tourism to newly fall under the Culture Ministry, server iDnes wrote on Monday.